Pollinator Health Strategy

Ontario is taking action to strengthen pollinator health to ensure healthy ecosystems, a productive agricultural sector, and a strong economy.

The Pollinator Health Strategy is multi-faceted, including:

  • a financial program to assist beekeepers experiencing high levels of bee hive losses
  • regulation limiting the use of neonicotinoid-treated seed and
  • the development of a comprehensive Pollinator Health Action Plan to address multiple stressors on pollinators.

It builds on work already taken to improve pollinator health and sets out aspirational targets:

  • an 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed by 2017; and
  • an over-winter honeybee mortality rate of 15 per cent by 2020.

Ontario's Draft Pollinator Health Action Plan

Consultation on the Draft Pollinator Health Action Plan was held January 22, 2016 to March 7, 2016 and is now closed.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and recommendations on Ontario's Draft Pollinator Health Action Plan to help us improve pollinator health in the province.

Your feedback will be considered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs when we report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer 2016.

Read the Draft Pollinator Health Action Plan

Changes to Ontario's pesticide regulation to protect pollinators

As part of the broader strategy to protect pollinators, changes have been made to the regulation under Ontario's Pesticides Act to meet its aim to reach an 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017. The regulatory requirements allow producers to access treated seed where there is a demonstrated need. The new regulation came into effect on July 1, 2015.

The regulation to reduce the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed is being phased in to allow growers time to adjust.

The government is continuing to make progress implementing the regulation. To date:

  • Over 130 vendors have obtained their treated seed vendors licence.
  • The list of Class 12 pesticides available for sale was posted on August 28, 2015.
  • Approximately 30 sessions have been held with growers, seed dealers and others to present and answer questions on the regulation.
  • University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus is offering the integrated pest management course for corn and soybeans. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training is free until April 30, 2017.


Overview of Ontario Regulation 63/09 under the Pesticides Act: New Requirements Related to Pollinator Health

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To print copies for upcoming industry meetings, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 for PDF versions of the infosheets below.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: foodsafety@ontario.ca

Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 25 November 2014
Last Reviewed: 10 March 2016